Dolphins Free Agency; Did they get better?

By Ben Babcock

 

Offseason Grade: D-

Answer: Not at all

 

First of all, they lost their top receiver Jarvis Landry and one of the best D-lineman in the league Ndamukong Suh because of cap space problems. The thing is, they were at the league average with $26 million and because of horrible cap management, lost their top two players. Then they went and gave Albert Wilson $24 million. I’ve never even heard of Albert Wilson before this and their giving him $8 million a year. He only has 1,544 yards and 7 touchdowns over 4 years with the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s only $1.75 million less than current receiver Kenny Stills, who has the same amount of yards and twice as many touchdowns over the past two seasons. They also signed WR Danny Amendola to a 2-year, $12 million contract. Amendola is a much better replacement for Landry than Wilson, and they’re paying him $2 million less than Wilson and is a much more established receiver. Miami should’ve just pursued Amendola and addressed other needs with the money they spent on Wilson.

Other than re-signing DB Walt Aikens to a 2-year, $2.7 million deal, the Dolphins haven’t done much else. They now have too many slot receivers and not much at the running back position. After trading Jay Ajayi to the Eagles mid last season they were left with Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams, who have a combined 1300 career rushing yards. On top of that, they lost their starting center Mike Pouncey in free agency to the Chargers. Now that Damien Williams is a free agent, the Dolphins are even thinner at running back, leaving them with Kenyan Drake as their only running back on the lineup with any significant game experience.

The Dolphins have a decent amount of draft picks this year, including the 11th overall. This year’s draft has a lot of depth at running back so I wouldn’t be surprised if Miami went for a running back at some point. A lot of analysts are also projecting that the Dolphins trade up to take a QB, or take Baker Mayfield if he falls to no.11. If  Mayfield doesn’t fall to no.11 you might see them take top DB Minkah Fitzpatrick or one of the many offensive linemen available in the middle of the first round such as Quenton Nelson, Mike McGlinchey, or Connor Williams. There are plenty of options for the Dolphins at no.11 and with so many needs they could really do anything.

Let’s just say this wasn’t the best offseason for Miami. They dropped some big contracts in Landry and Suh, but took a step back because of those losses. They have too many receivers, no strong depth at running back, and are down their starting center. Overall they got worse on both sides of the ball. The only positive is that Ryan Tannehill will be back for 2019 and they won’t have to burn another $10 million on Jay Cutler. They need to be smarter with their cap space if they want to improve over the next couple years.

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